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Running Wide Open (Full Throttle Book 1) Kindle Edition

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Length: 330 pages Word Wise: Enabled Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled

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A brand-new novel about a teenage boy who must decide whether or not the world is worth saving. Hardcover | Kindle book

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A coming-of-age story about a teenager who, despite a rough start, starts to find himself thanks to stock car racing and an uncle who actually cares.

Nowak's (Redline, 2013, etc.) novel centers on Cody, a sensitive, artistic 15-year-old kid from Portland, Oregon, whose mild rebellious streak has left his distant and uncompassionate parents extremely unenthused. At the start of the novel, Cody, who secretly wants to be a writer, gets caught by the police spraying graffiti at the zoo. Cody's father gives him two options: go to military school to get his act straight, or go live with his "black sheep" uncle Race, who lives a few hours away in Eugene. Cody chooses to move in with his uncle, and when he arrives, he is less than pleased with his new living situation--the "bedroom" of a trailer. While Cody and Race get off to a rocky start (e.g., Race catches Cody drinking some of his beers, then stealing a street sign), Cody grows to like his uncle when he introduces Cody to his passion--fixing and racing stock cars. The troubled teenager's life begins to rapidly improve, with new interests in things like cars and karate as well as new friends such as Race's mentor, Kasey. Then something unexpected happens: his uncle gets into a bad wreck on the racetrack, suffering a traumatic brain injury that lands him in the hospital. His future uncertain, Cody is left wondering if he'll be forced to return to live with his folks or grandmother or if he can find a way to stay in the new environment that has been making him happy. Nowak capably depicts a realistic, likable teenager with typical teenager flaws. Cody is moody and rebellious, disobeying his parents and uncle; yet he's also sweet and bright with a great sense of humor--and a great T-shirt collection. One reads: "I have animal magnetism. When I go outside squirrels stick to me." Nowak also paints a vivid, thrilling portrait of the stock car racing world, which will surely be enjoyed by racing enthusiasts.

An endearing story about a teenager, his mentor, and what a difference true, unselfish love can make.

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I thoroughly enjoy Lisa Nowak's books and have especially enjoyed using her Full Throttle series in working with my students. The characters are all so believable and definitely relatable to adolescents. I find that the lessons they learn are valuable and at times similar to things my students are dealing with. In one student's case, I was able to draw from situations in the books to use as comparisons and possible solutions. It was great to not have to "lecture."

I really cannot put in words how much I enjoy Lisa's books. I'm constantly suggesting them to teachers in our school and always look forward to getting a student interested. The characters feel so real you can't wait to read the next book to stay involved with them. I am anxiously awaiting more books from Lisa!

~ Linda Ryan, School Counselor, Londonderry H.S.

Product Details

  • File Size: 2302 KB
  • Print Length: 330 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Webfoot Publishing; First edition (June 5, 2011)
  • Publication Date: June 5, 2011
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0054KNJ4K
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Lending: Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #9,589 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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More About the Author

In addition to being a YA author, Lisa Nowak is a retired amateur stock car racer, an accomplished cat whisperer, and a professional smartass. She writes coming-of-age books about kids in hard luck situations who learn to appreciate their own value after finding mentors who love them for who they are. She enjoys dark chocolate and stout beer and constantly works toward employing wei wu wei in her life, all the while realizing that the struggle itself is an oxymoron.

Lisa has no spare time, but if she did she'd use it to tend to her expansive perennial garden, watch medical dramas, take long walks after dark, and teach her cats to play poker. For those of you who might be wondering, she is not, and has never been, a diaper-wearing astronaut. She lives in Milwaukie, Oregon, with her husband, four feline companions, and two giant sequoias.

To get updates of new releases, sign up for Lisa's newsletter by cutting and pasting this link into your browser window: http://bit.ly/LisaNowakNewsletter

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I rarely read books with male leads or narrators, but this one has a female mechanic in it so I decided to give it a go. Though it was a bit too much testosterone for me at times, it is an enjoyable read.

Cody is 15 and a juvie... and he is an ungrateful brat. I didn't like him at first.. but as the story unfolds, I could see WHY he is the way he is.. full of anger, insolent, disrespectful, ungrateful, bitter. His family has made him that way. His mother is a nightmare, his father a wuss, and his grandparents are no better. So when the you know what hits the fan, nobody wants him and he goes to live with his uncle, Race, who's very into stock car racing. (He's got the lady mechanic.)

Funny thing I noticed.. When Cody gets his life together, his mom decides she wants him back. Hmph.

I'm not going to go on and on about the plot, but I will say there is more to this than appears at first glance. It's the story of a boy and his teenage angst and anger (I did get a bit tired of this at times. Simply not my thing.) and about family learning to accept each other and also about admitting you love someone and even allowing yourself to love someone. And then there is a story of determination, an injured man who wants to race again.. It's about pulling yourself up from the dirt, brushing yourself off, and getting back on that horse.

Four stars. It was very well written and thought I didn't always like Cody and his attitude, I did appreciate his sarcasm and sense of humor. He's a funny kid.

Favorite quote: "Everyone makes a bad decision now and again. Only time it gets to be a problem is when you don't admit to it and set things right."
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Although I've never been interested in stock cars or racing, this book kept me reading all hours of the night. It also left me a great deal of respect and fair bit of knowledge about what goes on inside mechanic's garages. . and heads.
The characters moved out of the pages and into my life as I followed them through the book. I'll be in line for the next book in the series.
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It doesn't matter if you are a racing fan or not, Running Wide Open will captivate you and capture your heart. Although the book is set in a racing mileu, the main story line is about a bond that forms and fluorishes between a rebellious teen nephew and his loving uncle. As a person who has grown up around racing, I can appreciate how the common interest in racing can draw otherwise very diverse groups of people into a very close and tight knit community. I highly recommend this book, and I am eagerly awaiting its sequel!
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No one said being a teen is easy. Cody Everett is that one punk everyone remembers from high school as "trouble". That kid who sneaks out for a smoke, graffities buildings, and says things just to watch people squirm. Would you take him in after the police pull him over, again? I don't know if I would, yet that's exactly what his uncle Race does. After testing his uncle, multiple times, Cody begins to realize that maybe Race does care, and he starts to let down his guard. Then tragedy strikes, and Cody is left wondering why he ever bothers and thinking it might be time to just give up for good...

This book is an emotional rollercoaster. I start out thinking Cody is just some disrespectful punk who has some major anger issues, but now I am happy to say I was totally and completely wrong. Cody has baggage, sure, most of us do, and past experience definitely accounts for his trust issues. At the beginning of Running Wide Open, I want to smack Cody every time he`s rude or belittling to Race, but the more I read, I realize that it's his defense mechanism kicking in. Then, I (im)patiently wait in anticipation for that moment when he will cave in and completely trust Race.

Typically, I love books that have romance in them; they appeal to me as a teen and connect me to the story. Running Wide Open doesn't have any major romance. Actually, with Cody there is NONE. Truthfully though: I don't even notice. This book catches and holds my attention so well that I`m not even worrying about when or if a girl will come into Cody's life, I just want to see if he will unintentionally drink rotten milk again. Yeah, you read that right.

Running Wide Open is a MAJOR character-building book, and it ties me to the characters: all of them.
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A recalcitrant young man, made cynical by parents that cared more about themselves than their son, finds guidance in an unlikely place. Forced to move in with his uncle, the main character (a 15 year old kid) discovers that regardless of how many of his old games he plays, he will be met only with understanding, respect and love. After a serious accident to the uncle, the young man realizes how important his uncle has become and how much his guidance has taught him.
A poignant tale of growing up and learning to trust. A very worthwhile book to read.
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Aimed at a teen reader but the characters will draw reader of any age into the story. Older reader might find it overly simplistic, as with most any book meant for teens, but still most likely will find themselves wanting to know what happens to the characters after the book ends.
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